I had the pleasure of tasting the Kouign Amann at Petit Piquant, a local French bakery located in West Tampa. I had sampled this pastry before at a bakery in New York and fell in love. None of the bakeries in my neck of the woods even seemed to know what they were so I do not get to enjoy them often.
Needless to say, you can imagine I was delighted to hear that Piquant was adding this treat to their daily offerings. They were not only going to have the traditional sugar one which I had become familiar with but also sweet and savory stuffed varieties as well.
I have long been a fan of Piquant’s pastries since tasting their popular croissant doughnut many years ago so if anyone could make me fall in love with the Kouign Amann again, I was certain it would be Chef Castro and Chef Rosana.
When I arrived the Kouign Amann’s were still in the oven baking. So while I waited, I spent time learning more about the Kouign Amann and why the chefs were adding it to the lineup. The Kouign Amann originates in the Brittany region of the France. The Kouign Amann is best described as a mix between the croissant and brioche. The Kouign-Amann is equal parts crackly caramelization and flakey, buttery layers with every bite.
I sampled the Guava, Passion Fruit, Lemon and Cinnamon Sugar Kouign-Amann. Whereas are all delicious, I really loved the Guava and Passion Fruit Kouign Amanns.
Guava is a quintessential flavor of Tampa. As a result, I am a true sucker for guava inside of my pastries. The Guava Kouign Amann would make any Tampa native nostalgic and happy.
Passion Fruit is another one of my favorite flavors. Sometimes passion fruit can be a bit too tart but the Passion Fruit Kouign Amann was a perfect balance of sweet and tart.
Being the sweet fiend I am, I totally thought I was going to prefer the sweet Kougin Amanns to the savory ones hands down. After tasting the Chorizo and Lox Kouign Amanns at Piquant, I must say that I just have to have them both. I mean a combination of sweet and savory does make for a complete meal right?!
Seriously I must admit I am not a huge fan of chorizo or lox usually. But listen here, Chef Castro and Chef Rosana have made me a convert with their version of this pastry.
The Chorizo Kougin Amann has chorizo, goat cheese, and caramelized onions. The Lox Kougin Amann has smoked salmon, cream cheese, dill, onions, and capers. Let me reiterate, I am not usually a fan of chorizo or lox and I loved both of these. The crust on the savory Kouign Amanns are buttery and perfectly salted. Like seriously it has been hard to resist going back again every day this week to get more.
Although I did not sample it, after having chats with some of my foodie friends, I hear that the Short Rib Kouign Amann is noteworthy too. You know what that means, this greedy girl will be back to try that one soon.
If you cannot tell already let me say it plainly, the Kouign Amanns at Petit Piquant are delectable. I did not have one I did not like. I would seriously tell you to hurry over and try them for yourself. Before you all rush over, I’ll let you in on a secret from the chefs – the pastries are made in house daily so they are not usually available until about 11 am each day given the amount of time taken to produce the quality product we all love. You may want to call before you go though because this is my new obsession so if you do not beat me there, you may find them sold out.
(FYI – I am only kind of joking)
Disclosure: Even though this tasting was complimentary provided by the owners of Piquant Brands, I could not be persuaded to fake my genuine excitement for this product. This post is an honest review expressing my own opinions and thoughts.